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Tree of Life

Rasha Al-Shami

Project

Terrorism is commonly defined as violent acts intended to create fear (terror); to perpetrate for a religious, political, or ideological goal; and to deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants. By 2030, the act of terrorism in Arab countries is expected to rise.The big question, then, is how the reconstructed buildings and spaces for living should incorporate the tremendous changes brought about by the destruction and its aftermath? The restoration of buildings such as offices and apartments should reflect the huge changes that took place. Thus, the rebuilding requires a radical reconstruction-not restoration to a pre-state- in Lebbeus Woods terms- that embodies the physical and social transformations caused by the destruction and violence. This involves the celebration of the remnants of destruction, the injection of new structures in blasted and abandoned voids, and the reformation of scraps into new types of material, structures, and spaces. also Obtaining the Beryllium signifies the most important aspect of the project: in a country characterized by the scarcity of natural resources and severe shortage of water like Jordan, the Tree Of Life -name of the project- provides the opportunity to make use of the few valuable resources: water collection and purification, and the extraction of heavy metals from underground and rain water. Consequently, the Tree of life acts a machine that addresses environmental issues through the use of technology. A pilot treatment plant purifies water through several stages: Solids such as leaves and soil are removed through specially-prepared layers of sand and gravel called filter beds. The water is then passed through a fine filter, such as carbon granules, to remove very small particles. The water is then passed into a sedimentation tank. Heavy metal contaminants (silver, zinc, etc.) are extracted through high intensity ultrasound waves produced via ultrasonic transducers. Heavy metals are then collected for further treatment. Beryllium is gathered and pumped into treated packs with nano batteries.

Interview

Who influences you graphically?

Architecturally speaking my works has been mainly inspired and influenced by Lebbes Woods. I was also the work of Neil Dinari and the work of Bryan Cantley from Form:uLA Dimension Laboratory. Graphically I liked the work of Dan Salvinsky

You only explore your proposal 3dimensionally (3d section, perspective view etc), do you trust these are more effective in conveying the proposal rather than a atypical plan/section?

The type of drawings used in any design project depend on the concept and meaning the design wants to convey. Typical plans and sections show pragmatic requirements such as functional relations and dimensions. They also show design composition and underlying geometry. Never the less, they are 2D drawings that do not show spatial qualities and character.

My design is about 3D and 4D spaces, accordingly, I used sectional perspectives because they simultaneously render plan, section, and elevation, thus collapsing the vertical and horizontal, expressing space and allowing the apprehension of the underlying complexity of my design. Perspectives reflect the perceptual-aesthetic qualities of the design. They further reflect intended human experience and the mood I want to create inside my project.

Is the Tree of Life an approach/mechanism which can be used and adopted in any major city or is it specific to Jordan and if so in what way?

The tree of life is a concept is sacred to most cultures. The tree of life connects three worlds; it soars upward beyond the undefinable, plunges deep down touching the subconscious, while standing erect on the ground of reality.

The use of the tree of life in my design is thri-fold: it was generically used to refer to the simultaneous connection between the past present and future; between the physical and abstract; , and between the synchronic and diachronic changes that take place currently in the economic, social, and cultural fabric of Jordan

But most importantly, it was used as a direct metaphor to how trees actually work in nature; as an organism that holds nature in balance by its intakes and releases e.g. Co2 and O2. In the case of my design, Obtaining the Beryllium signifies the most important aspect of the project: in a country characterized by the scarcity of natural resources and severe shortage of water like Jordan, the tree of life provides the opportunity to make use of the few valuable resources: water collection and purification, and the extraction of heavy metals from underground and rain water. A pilot treatment plant purifies water through several stages: Solids such as leaves and soil are removed through specially-prepared layers of sand and gravel called filter beds. The water is then passed through a fine filter, such as carbon granules, to remove very small particles. The water is then passed into a sedimentation tank. Heavy metal contaminants (silver, zinc, etc.) are extracted through high intensity ultrasound waves produced via ultrasonic transducers. Heavy metals are then collected for further treatment. Beryllium is gathered and pumped into treated packs with nano batteries.

The tree of life is a topotransegric structure-a kinetic structural system capable of various transformations-that constantly evaluates its surroundings and reconfigures according to these changing conditions and assigned program. The weaved lattice, whose geometry is based on a voronoi diagram, branches and trudges. It is made of flexible carbon tubes and holds elastic ETFE panels incorporating photovoltaic cells to generate electricity, and Beryllium packs that morph randomly depending on the volume of Beryllium inside them.

What is the relationship between the proposal and the existing city?  In terms of scale, materiality etc

At a first glimpse on a physical level, the proposal seems to be superimposed on its context, nevertheless, it is deeply rooted and connected to Amman; the steel structure signifies the old and stable social order of the city, the parasitic structure reflects the state of change Amman in particular and the region in general is going through, and the tension between both signifies the interplay between the past and the present. In that sense, the architecture expresses dynamic underlying relations. In that I quote Lebbes Woods “…recognizing architecture as its own kind of genre … something that shows the transformation in the society and the politics and the economics ….a kind of science fiction: a completely new order of things – a new way of organizing and thinking about space. You posit something radically different than what was there before”

You mention your dream proposal would be that of designing a spaceship, what prevented you from thinking of this project as something, which would float and grow out of air and recycle poisonousness gases?

Actually, the design is a space ship that awaits its launching. My idea was based on the notion that the design is in a constant state of change and morph moving from 2D to 3D to 4D- basing my design on chromo-dynamics and lattice theory to create a system the changes continuously. The modular structure holds the changing structure until it completely morphs overtaking it and finally launching into space. The design presented is only a single frame that shows a time slice in that continuous change.

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